Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Couple arrested after argument and false 911 call

In December, 2006, A Florida Keys couple couple both went to jail after a false call to 911 reporting a stolen truck.

Dispatchers received a call from Erica Blankenshipm, who said John Roberts had just stolen her Ford Explorer and was on his way to Marathon Key.

Deputy Juan Martin-Reyes began looking for the truck, spotting it parked at Dion's Quik Mart on Big Coppitt Key. After Roberts left the store and began to drive away, Deputy Martin-Reyes pulled the Explorer over.

The deputy explained to Roberts that he was driving a vehicle that had been reported stolen. Roberts said that he and Blankenship were girlfriend and boyfriend and lived together. He said the vehicle is hers, but they share it. He said they had gotten into an argument earlier because a woman had flirted with him in a bar. He said Blankenship told him she wanted some beer, so he'd gone to the store to get some.

Blankenship was called to the scene. She admitted calling 911 and reporting her vehicle stolen because she was angry at Roberts. She said she did not want to get him in trouble or to press charges against him.

Roberts, who was intoxicated, was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol. Blankenship was charged with misuse of the 911 system and with a misdemeanor warrant for failure to appear in court. They were both booked into the Monroe County Detention Center. (info from the Monroe County Sheriff's Office)

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